Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on stamps and postmarks of Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a landlocked country located in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the south west and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek.
Kyrgyzstan has historically been at the crossroads of several great civilizations, namely as part of the Silk Road and other commercial and cultural routes. Though long inhabited by a succession of independent tribes and clans, Kyrgyzstan has periodically come under foreign domination and attained sovereignty as a nation-state only after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. [R1]

The postal history of Kyrgyzstan began when the nation declared independence in August 1991. Under the Soviet Union, the Kyrgyz SSR postal service was an integral part of the Soviet system.
Kyrgyzstan is a member state of the Universal Postal Union since 1993 with its two designated postal operators - the State Enterprise Kyrgyz Pochtasy (KP) who has produced stamps since 1992 and privately held Kyrgyz Express Post (KEP), who issued their first stamp on 18 November 2014. It’s the only member country of the UPU to have two official postal administrations issuing stamps for the country. [R2] Stamps of Kyrgyz Express Post LLC

Kyrgyz Express Post LLC (KEP) has been operating in the postal market of Kyrgyzstan since March 16, 2012 under the license granted by the State Communication Agency of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, providing a wide range of postal, financial and other services both to individuals and legal entities.
KEP stamps represent a real payment instrument, ensuring payment for services of forwarding postal items from Kyrgyzstan to all UPU member countries. KEP stamps are sold at their face value. All mail sent with KEP stamps has to be franked and executed at KEP offices.
KEP stamps are a new phenomenon in the 175-year-old worldwide tradition of stamp issuing: for the first time in philatelic history the second postal operator of an UPU member country, designated according to article 2 of the Universal Postal Convention and operating throughout the entire territory of Kyrgyzstan, uses its own stamps for postage.
The stamps are being published in the most influential world catalogues.

So far only "Kyrgyz Pochtasy" issued some Paleontology related stamps.
"Kyrgyz Express Post LLC" might issue their first stamps of prehistoric animals in 2022.

Official stamps of Kyrgyzstan related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals

04.12.1998 "Dinosaurs" [1] 08.12.2012 "Prehistoric Animals" [1] [2]
Dinosaurs on stamps of Kyrgyzstan 1998, Kyrgyz Pochtasy Prehistoric animals on stamps of Kyrgyzstan 2012, Kyrgyz Pochtasy

[1] The stamps issued in Mini-Sheet of 6 stamps as well as in separated 6 sheets.
There are some forged Mini-Sheets available on the market. Many of them are offered on the Internet. The forged stamps are easily recognized as they have too much red and black color, making them appear blurry.
Original Mini-Sheet of Kyrgyzstan 1998, Kyrgyz Pochtasy Forged Mini-Sheet of Kyrgyzstan 1998, Kyrgyz Pochtasy
Original Mini-Sheet of Kyrgyzstan 1998,
MiNr.: 147-152 (A - perforated, B- imperforated), Scott: 118a-f
Forged Mini-Sheet of Kyrgyzstan 1998.
This forgery can be recognized by having too much red and black color, which makes the image appear blurry.

[2] Exists as an imperforate variety as well.

Postmarks of Kyrgyzstan related to Paleontology: prehistoric animals

Legend is here
08.12.2012 "Prehistoric Animals" [2] [FDC]
prehistoric animals on commemorative postmark of Kyrgyzstan 2012, Kyrgyz Pochtasy Stamps of Kyrgyz Express Post LLC


Many thanks to Dr. Peter Voice from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, for the draft page review and his valuable comments.

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